Name: Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans)
Order: Frogs (Anura)
Family: True Frogs (Ranidae)
What they look like
- Up to 11cm
- Bronze/brown or green and can be with or without dark spots
- Have a two skin folds that run along each side and white bellies sometimes with blotches and/or lines
- Light green jaw stripe and eyes are larger than tympanums (eardrum)
Where they live
- Green frogs are not native Washington State; they are native to the Eastern United States.
- Have been introduced into two areas in Washington State—Toad Lake in Whatcom County and Lake Gillette in Stevens County.
- Prefer marshes, ponds, steam and lakes, typically with slow water with lots of plants.
- Breeding season is Spring-summer
- Eggs are laid in shallow water with lots of plants
- Eggs have a foamy surface film (plinth) and are black above and white beneath
- The eggs only take a few days to hatch
Cool Biology Facts
- Will utter a high pitched ‘squawk’ when disturbed as it jumps away
- Males are territorial and will get into physical fights to defend territory
- Will actively eat both day and night (diurnal)
- View their status on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.